If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available to you in a pet store or the pet food aisle at the grocery store, or by the conflicting advice about pet nutrition online, you're not alone. The truth is that you feel that way for a good reason. There are some very smart people in pet food marketing. Some of them have even been able to create marketing that appears as if it's unbiased information. Not all marketing and internet information is bad or misleading, but it's difficult to know if what you read is a good basis on which to make your decisions. There are some helpful resources available from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Global Nutrition Toolkit, but if you want more detailed or specific information, Veterinary Nutrition Care can help.
In addition, there is more and more scientific information every day about nutrition, and figuring out what is applicable to a particular pet isn't easy either. While we know much about the nutritional requirements of pets, there are still gaps that are being filled in. Not all research, however, is created equal. Luckily, there are ways to determine what research is valid, and what may not be worth reading. Using the principles of evidence-based medicine, research can be evaluated to find out whether the results are important or not. Veterinary Nutrition Care uses evidence-based medicine to make choices for each patient, and to inform each pet owner. This allows the you and your veterinary nutritionist to focus on making and following a plan, rather than second-guessing the background information.
Like most veterinarians, Dr. Amy Farcas went to vet school for love of animals, and of a good challenge. She became a veterinary nutrition specialist partly because she also enjoys working with dedicated pet owners. Nutrition is an area of medicine where pet owners often need help navigating what is and is not available to them; and helping them to make good choices can have such a positive outcome for both pets and their families. Because a patient's nutritional plan often involves detailed follow-up, making changes, checking in, and adjusting again, your veterinary nutritionist has made great friends with many of the people she's worked with over the years. For each patient, she works closely with their primary care veterinarian (as well as other specialists that they may be seeing), so she gets to teach colleagues about nutrition, while also learning about the other aspects of managing those shared patients. Everybody wins.